Best Of Food & Drink
Best Restaurant in Broward County
Inside their 15-table restaurant, chef-owner Armando Vega and his wife, Yudaris dish out carefully sourced and lovingly cooked Latin and Mediterranean cuisine.
Best New Restaurant in Broward County
The 9,500-square-foot restaurant has become a showpiece for the resort with a theater-style dining room where patrons can indulge in traditional multicourse Japanese dining, a series of dishes that progress from light, simple fare to heavier, more complex dishes.
Best Restaurant in Palm Beach County
The upmarket steak house offers the same high-end cuisine, creative cocktails, and cool South Beach vibe as the original location; restaurateur David Tornek and chef/co-owner Sean Brasel know their prime cuts of beef and seafood.
Best New Restaurant in Palm Beach County
Apeiro Kitchen & Bar
Apeiro is a Mediterranean-style concept built on simple ingredients and clean flavor. Chef-owner David Blonsky has assembled a rather large menu, featuring cheese platters, falafel served with pickled vegetables, and Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs.
Best Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
Whenever someone suggests, "Let's go to Coconuts," the sun magically shines a little brighter and you hold off on that snack you were about to bite into, knowing that something better — way better — awaits.
Best Restaurant in Hollywood
Le Comptoir is the cozy creation from chef-owner Céline Maury and her husband, Otis, both expats from Paris, who opened Le Comptoir in 2010. The restaurant's name translates roughly as "the bar," although the drink menu consists of just a few select wines and five domestic beers. The food menu is likewise concise: just four appetizers and seven entrées, but that's enough for the intimate space.
Best Neighborhood Restaurant
Fish Shack in Pompano Beach is well-hidden in a strip of shops just one block east of Federal Highway. The tiny spot is owned and operated by a local family that has been in the seafood business for more than 20 years. This 600-square-foot eatery seats no more than 30, and on a busy afternoon, patrons will cram in elbow to elbow.
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
This Polynesian restaurant prides itself on waterfalls and tiki sculptures that reflect regions of Polynesia. A kids' menu comes with a lei and a coloring book, most of the fruity drinks can be made virgin, and kids 12 and under even get to watch the twice-nightly dance and fire-spinning show for free.
Best Romantic Restaurant
This upscale Italian ristorante, with dual locations in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, has been described as "the closest to dining in Florence anyone will get in Florida." And with more than 30 pages of Italian and American wines, this Wine Spectator-award-winning restaurant is sure to get your lover's juices flowing.
Best Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying
The Circle at the Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers is a legendary beachfront resort in Palm Beach. Also legendary is its Sunday brunch at the onsite restaurant the Circle — an opulent affair that's been wowing guests for a quarter of a century. The brunch is less of a meal than a glimpse into what was likely a Wednesday snack for, oh, say France's Sun King.
Best Dog-Friendly Restaurant
Nauti Dawg Café
The Nauti Dawg Café is truly dog-obsessed. The restaurant, located at the Lighthouse Point Marina, goes above and beyond to treat Muffy and Chopper like the furry royalty they are. Dogs have their own menu filled with delights — much healthier than having you sneak people food to your pooch.
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Sublime Restaurant & Bar
Finally, Subway and Burger King offer veggie burgers. But more encouraging is that Sublime exists — a place where you can have a three-course gourmet meal coupled with a cocktail that is entirely vegan. It serves lasagnas, mojitos, pizzas, and mac 'n' cheese all made of plant-based ingredients.
Best Seafood Restaurant
Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar
If you pull up to Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar on a Saturday evening, the parking lot will be empty. The lights will be off. And there will be no one waiting for a table. This is not a bad sign, however. The longtime Pompano Beach restaurant hasn't held weekend hours for close to a decade. The seafoodcentric menu hasn't changed much since opening day, featuring a list of starters like cutters (island-speak for sandwich), roti, and specials created by the founding Bahamian owners.
Best Caribbean Restaurant
Bamboo Fire Cafe
Eating here is like eating at someone's home, where conversation and company are half of the experience. The heart and soul of the place is proprietor Beverly Jacobs, a charismatic woman known for her home-cooked dishes: escovitched tilapia, jerk chicken and pork, and curry golden crab, its sweet legs basking in a pool of spicy brown sauce.
Best Jamaican Restaurant
The Dutch Pot
What started in 1998 as a single-burner oven in the backyard has morphed into one of the best — and most inexpensive — eateries around. Here and at the two other locations, lunch specials cost less than $10. That includes a platter of spicy jerk chicken or pork served alongside a pile of rice, peas, and plantains.
Best Cuban Restaurant
Mario's Catalina Restaurant
The restaurant is best-known for its potent mojitos, homemade sangria, tender roast pork, ground-beef empanadas, and hefty corn-scented tamales. The crowd here is lively, and the air is heavy with the scent of garlic, grilled onion, and pepper.
Best Mexican Restaurant
Eduardo de San Angel
Chef-owner Eduardo Pria introduced ingredients like ancho chilies, and nopales (cactus paddles) to South Florida's upscale dining scene in 1993. Inside his eatery, amid colorful Mexican kitsch, you can sample unusual dishes like the achiote crepes stuffed with cuitlacoche (a fungus native to Mexico that grows on cornhusks); Florida blue-crab cakes with sweet yellow corn, napped in puebla mole and smoky chipotle sauce; and a cream of cilantro soup (which actually contains no dairy aside from the cotija cheese sprinkled on top).
Best Peruvian Restaurant
J28 Sandwich Bar
Fast, casual, and delicious — J28 Sandwich Bar is a hot spot to get a bite by the beach and sample some Peruvian fare with American flair. Established by two friendly brothers, Marco and Javier, this small but inviting restaurant offers pork, beef, and chicken prepared Peruvian style and served on a freshly baked bun.
Best Indian Restaurant
Madras Café specializes in southern Indian cuisine like dosa, papdi chaat, and biryani. Recipes from the south use more exotic spices — amchoor (dried mango), saunth (dried ginger), and anardana (crushed pomegranate seeds) — as well as hotter chilies.
Best Italian Restaurant
Cafe Martorano is a picture of Staten Island meets New Jersey cool. A black, horseshoe-shaped bar is the focal point of the room, flanked by an open kitchen on one side and a DJ booth on the other. The food is tasty and the portions generous, and if you're a transplant from New York or New Jersey, it tastes like home.
Best German Restaurant
Checkers Old Munchen
Sausage, wiener, pretzels with mustard, and beer. Lots and lots of beer. You'll get all this and more at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant looks as though you've arrived in the Bavarian capital and serves platters of meat and German beer in giant glass mugs and boots.
Best Chinese Restaurant
Toa Toa Chinese Restaurant
This longtime Sunrise eatery has been serving dim sum to Asian and American families in West Broward for more than 25 years. Here, there's no pushcart from which to cull your options. Instead, mark off choices on a small checklist. Your food will arrive a little later — hot and freshly made.
Best Japanese Restaurant
Saito's Japanese Steakhouse
All hibachi restaurants are not created equal. That's incredibly apparent when you step into the Saito's Japanese Steakhouse Coconut Creek location. Saito's offers the traditional live hibachi experience, a children's hibachi, and a vibrant bar with top-shelf choices that would make a South Beach restaurant jealous.
Best Korean Restaurant
In one mile-long stretch of University Drive, you can sample some of South Florida's best banchan, cook your own eats on a tabletop grill, and score a giant jar of kimchi. Best-known among the cluster of Korean eateries here is Gabose, a 14-year-old landmark and the final foray in a series of establishments opened by James Soonkuk Hong and Eunsuk Hong. Today, the restaurant is run by their daughter and her husband, Susan and Fred Kim, who recently opened Gabose Pocha next door.
Best Vietnamese Restaurant
Vietnamese Express Cafe
We do miss the intrigue of this spot's first incarnation, tucked away in a little warren of commercial spaces in an anonymous office building on Federal Highway, around the corner from its current home. But while the atmosphere is less exotic, the service remains lovely, and the food has lost no flair.
Best Thai Restaurant
Tamarind Asian Grill and Sushi Bar
From Chiangmai special noodle soup to spice-packed curries, Thai food is a complicated choreography of ingredients like fish sauce, dried shrimp paste, and lemongrass combined with seemingly incongruous spices such as coriander and cinnamon. The best chefs tame the full spectrum of flavors into a single, harmonious finish. At Tamarind Asian Grill and Sushi Bar, that balance has been achieved by owner Khruawan Russmetes, a Thailand native well-versed in her country's cuisine.
Kevin's Sushi & Thai
Can you afford to eat sushi every day? At Kevin's Sushi & Thai in Deerfield Beach, you can. Named for chef-owner Kevin Ongtua, this spot is tucked into yet another aging South Florida strip mall.
Best Asian Market
Sasaya Japanese Market
Nearly everything inside this store is a little treasure: decorative chopsticks, Japanese magazines, and a cooler full of sakes. Cute little mugs and earthenware dishes are functional and fun. A selection of Japanese junk food includes chocolate-covered Pocky sticks, wasabi peas, mochi ice cream, and shrimp chips. There's no fresh produce, but at the back, order cheap and fresh sushi takeout from a small counter.
Best Waterfront Dining
Rusty Hook Tavern
Hotel restaurants used to exist for the sole purpose of giving guests a place to satisfy their hunger without going outside. The Rusty Hook Tavern at the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina in Pompano Beach has flipped that script, even drawing locals to this hip waterside joint. A trio of industry veterans — Ned Jaouhar, Kareem Lakchira, and Andy Patton — has created a tavern-style establishment where locals and tourists alike can enjoy creative fare paired with a short list of cocktails and a selection of craft brews.
Best Outdoor Dining
Two Georges at the Cove
The best way to start off a meal is to arrive at the restaurant by boat. Two Georges makes that easy with its dockside location. Once inside, chow down on a fried seafood platter or sliders that complement the great beer selection — especially on a Friday after work, during the happening happy hour.
Best Hole in the Wall
Tarks of Dania Beach
"Cheap" and "seafood" usually don't mix well, except at Tark's. Located in a standalone building that's wrapped in a mural that might have been done by Guy Harvey when he was in middle school, this restaurant offers some of the best deals on quality seafood in South Florida.
At home, chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio practices mixed martial arts and wrestling, but in his restaurant kitchen, it's all elegance: quail, turbot, foie gras, and handmade pasta. The chef is most famous for his casoncelli, wonton-shaped pasta stuffed with a rich veal and pancetta filling and served with a creamy brown butter sauce.
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
If only all things in life were like a Brazilian steak house. For the poor uninitiated, allow us to explain how such an establishment works. You are given a small button when you sit down at your table. One side means you don't want food; one side means you do. When you flip your button over to the food-wanting side, a swarm of meat-carrying hunks approaches your table, ready to carve off a slice of various steaks, pork, sausages, and chicken as soon as you approve.
Best Steak House
Though its beaches are pristine and chic condos and hotels are opening, Fort Lauderdale is still seen by some as a place to drink beer and get tattoos. But one dinner at Steak 954 just might forever change your perceptions about the former spring-break capital of the world.
A newcomer to the South Florida scene but boasting a chef with decades' worth of competitive barbecue under his belt, Smoke in Delray Beach serves some of the tastiest ribs around. Pork spare ribs and beef ribs are smoked over low heat for hours, permeating the meat with a soft smoky essence and melting away fat for a rich flavor and unforgettable char crust.
Hailing from Mexico City, Los Tacos chef-owner Omar Covarrubias was once hailed as an "ambassador of Mexican cuisine" by the New York Times, has served as executive chef for the Mexican president, received the National Award as Latino Chef of the Year at Flavors of Passion in 2011, and hosts a weekly cooking show on the Spanish-American network Univisión. Guess you could say he's "authentic."
Mole Verde at Señor Burrito
Sometimes, just you want a danged giant burrito. You will get this at Señor Burrito, especially if you order the mole verde. Only slightly smaller than a newborn baby, the mole verde is a soft, perfect flour tortilla filled with shredded white chicken breast, and that's it. No, seriously. That's it.
Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar
You could say Marc Falsetto is a busy man these days. His latest concept to hit SW Second Street in Himmarshee Village is a remake of the district's longtime T-Mex Cantina, which closed its doors last year. Already, the tiny, 1,200-square-foot space is a hit, revamped with a custom mural by Florida graffiti artist Ruben Ubiera and featuring tacos that everyone is talking about. These come as house-made, hand-formed masa tortillas prepared daily and stuffed with prime meats and specially sourced cheeses, $3 to $5 each.
Best Fish Tacos
Papa's Raw Bar
Let New Orleans have its gumbo, Kansas City its barbecue, and Los Angeles and New York City their trend-setting concepts. Here in South Florida, we have our own invention: Floribbean, a fusion of island-inspired fare mixed with locally grown tropical fruits and fresh-caught fish. At Papa's Raw Bar in Lighthouse Point, it's what's on the clipboard menu.
Green Papaya Salad at Sukhothai
Known as som tum in Thailand, the green papaya salad is made of julienned unripened papayas and carrots. At Sukhohai, it is stirred with lime juice, tomato, and ground peanuts. Always refreshing, it is generally spicy but can be made mild and can also, upon request, be prepared vegetarian, without the fish sauce the recipe traditionally calls for.
The Sandwich Shop at Buccan
Dubbed simply the Sandwich Shop at Buccan, the small eatery has become a huge hit, with lines out the door and people ready to scarf down anything coming out of Conley's modest prep area. The 300-square-foot space is nothing more than a storage closet turned four-seat lunch counter in what was once a back room at Buccan, Conley's upscale-casual Palm Beach eatery. The chef goes from wrapping sandwiches by day to prepping for the night at Buccan, all in the span of a few steps.
Blue Willy's Barbecue
When it comes to slowly smoked meats, few South Floridians know more than Will Banks, owner of Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach. Here, Banks roasts, smokes, and cuts everything right before your eyes, from tender roast chicken to spare ribs and pulled pork and a juicy peppercorn-crusted brisket.
Best Hot Dog
Here, you'll get more than a basic, boring wiener. A chalkboard on the wall advertises a dozen or so specialty dogs, everything from the Korean (with homemade kimchi, red onion, and Asian mustard) to the Reuben (with Swiss cheese, kraut, and Thousand Island dressing). Of course, you'll still be able to find all the regular hot-dog toppings like relish, ketchup, and good ol' yellow mustard.
M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom
M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room in Boca Raton is all about doing everything in-house. A crowd favorite is the Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger, a six-ounce pimento-cheese-and-bacon-stuffed Angus patty topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato, but we always opt for the "Patti" sandwich, a five-ounce chorizo burger made fresh and ground in-house.
Best Veggie Burger
The veggie burger was once a sad food item. Tap 42 does a particularly creative take: no fake meat or boring beans, the patty is basically a large falafel made from ground chickpeas and fried to crispy goodness. It is then topped with roasted red-pepper tzatziki (a yogurt-based condiment), lettuce, tomato, and onion.
Times Square Pizza Parlor
For years, this little shop has been churning out pie after pie of delicious, New York-style pizza. And, you know what? It does it better than anywhere in Manhattan. Yeah, we said it.
Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
Sam "Sonny" Nigro was a baker back in Philly who made the move to South Florida more than 50 years ago and promptly opened Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies in Hollywood. Here you'll find a steak hogie (get the name right, people) in the proud tradition of Philly.
Best Fried Chicken
Fran's Chicken Haven
Originally opened in 1964 by Fran and Joe Gerace, today the restaurant is owned and operated by Boca Raton native Chris Stuart, who remembers eating there as a child with his father, who at one time delivered the bread. Since he took over in 2013, Stuart has used the original Fran's fried-chicken recipe, a sugar-sweetened blend of spices that fries up to a perfect crisp.
Best Soul Food
Betty's Soul Food Restaurant
Owner Betty Taylor is a sweet Southern woman from Mississippi who just had to share her food with everyone, and we are so glad she did. This restaurant has won countless awards, and we aren't hesitant to give it another one. It's the best place to get a home-cooked meal when you don't feel like frying anything.
Best Chicken Wings
Teddy's Wing Shack
Don't let the laid-back Caribbean theme fool you. Inside this tiki-hut-style eatery, there's a bar serving some of the area's best chicken wings. Here, it's all about choice. Exercise yours wisely. You can order your wings with a wide array of homemade sauces, fried or grilled. Or both.
Sunrise Pita & Grill
Nowhere in the area do you find as delectable a specimen of falafel than those found at Sunrise Pita & Grill. It comes served in three varieties of sandwiches — in a pita for $6.75, in baguette sandwiches for $8.49, and in a lafa wrap for $8.99.
Housed in an informal strip mall on the outskirts of Davie, Pho 79 offers different phos in three sizes. Try the pho ga, a combination of noodles and chicken breast. Or maybe the pho seafood, with shrimp, scallops, squid, and imitation crab.
Nori Thai Ramen
At Nori Thai, the ramen isn't just soup — it's a meal, served in giant white ceramic bowls topped to the brim with a pork- or seafood-infused broth and mounds of chewy-soft crimped Japanese noodles.
Best Banh Mi
Once you experience a proper/authentic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, there is no going back — every sandwich you taste thereafter is judged upon the standard. Saigon Cuisine makes a banh-mi that will change your taste buds forever.
Best French Fries
Poutine Dog Cafe
Poutine is a dish consisting of French fries, topped with hot gravy and fresh cheese curds. Wait, could it be? Quebec has made something... American. Fries? Check. Cheese? Check. Gravy? Check. How did we not invent this? These are hard questions we must face as a nation, but in the meantime, head to Poutine Dog Cafe in Lake Worth to sample the dish yourself. Let's claim this dish for the good ol' U.S. of A.
Best Place to Dine Alone
Anthony's Runway 84
There are times when the inevitable happens and you find yourself hungry without a friend or date to join you for dinner. Instead of pulling up to some fast-food drive-through and scarfing a value meal in your car in desperation, try dining at Anthony's Runway 84's lounge.
The Sybarite Pig
When you have to worry about great drinks and great food, the quality of one side is usually going to take a hit. But some gastropubs manage to dodge this all-too-common trap. The Sybarite Pig is one of those.
Best Cheap Lunch
The Kyojin lunch buffet offers an assortment of fresh sushi, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, hibachi, and desserts that include the surprisingly delicious green tea ice cream.
Kiko Japanese Restaurant
Dang it if your belly won't be delighted after 30 minutes in this shopping-plaza treasure, featuring traditional Japanese and Asian specialties (spare ribs, tempura shrimp), a hibachi grill (ask for your dinner made to order), and sushi, sushi, and more sushi. The service is basic but friendly; they can deliver a Sapporo or a sake just fine, but you otherwise help yourself.
Best Farmers' Market
Food in Motion
Food in Motion is South Florida's only after-dark farmers' market. The monthly event, which takes place every second Friday, started in fall of 2014. It's a farmers' market for a new generation that is creating this new downtown, and its mission is perfectly in tune with the ethos of the artists, musicians, and creative types who populate the area.
Best U-Pick Farm
Bedner's Farm Fresh Market
Bedner's is a festival you can go to every weekend, with food trucks and specials that constantly take place, even when it's not picking season.
Fried PB&J Bonbons at Tucker Duke's
The PB&J balls-of-goodness are made up of fried peanut butter, seasonal jam, and a milk shooter; yeah, it's legit. The fun-sized app goes down perfectly with a dark beer while you're waiting for your meal or doubles as a dessert once you've worked up the munchies.
Macarons at Bakery of France
Do not leave this establishment without a small white box of macarons. Far from a humble cookie, macarons should have a fragile shell glazing the outside, protecting the airy interior of the two pastries sandwiching the smear of creme in the center. And that is exactly how Bakery of France prepares them.
Best Ice Cream Shop
You would be hard-pressed to find an ice cream shop that is more fun than Cherry Smash. First and foremost, the ice cream is tremendous. That said, once you step inside Cherry Smash, you find out exactly why everyone is talking about it.
Whether you're into chocolate ganache or just have a simple craving for a cupcake topped with vanilla icing, Misha's is the holy grail of bakery-style cupcakes.
Oh Mojo Donuts, we hail to thee
Salty, crunchy, and sticky sweet.
When I'm on Pines, I must stop by.
Your bacon bar just makes me cry.
Sometimes I go in and then just stare.
Man, there are so many flavors there!
Five, ten, 13 or 20...
I sure wish I had more money.
Best Coffee Shop
Warsaw Coffee Co.
Fort Lauderdale, you've been caffeinated — thanks to Warsaw Coffee Co., which opened earlier this year. The 3,800-square-foot space has indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, an onsite pastry kitchen, walk-up and drive-through barista bars, and rentable office "flex" space.
Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant
Jaxson's is a South Florida landmark, both for its nostalgic interior and for what comes out of the kitchen. Stop in next time you're in Dania Beach. Sit, grab a handful of complimentary popcorn, and order one of their classic milkshakes, served in 24-ounce shakers, topped with a swirl of whipped cream.
Best Frozen Drink
Mamacita's Mexican Bar & Grill
This chill establishment offers sports on TV and live music four nights a week (salsa, merengue, bachata). But these details are all best enjoyed when sipping on the signature drink, a tequila-drenched frozen margarita topped with lime, a straw, and an upside-down Corona. This concoction is called a "Rompe Nalga" ($15 for a medium, $23 for a large), which translates literally as "break buttock" but means, essentially, it'll kick your ass.
Sweetwater Bar & Grill
Here, the bar program is second-to-none, run by a staff of highly skilled bartenders who collaborate on a rotating menu of seasonal specials that changes every few months. The menu also offers a number of signature concoctions, each expertly crafted with house-made syrups, bitters, liqueurs, and a rainbow's worth of fresh herbs, fruits, and spices.
Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Whether you take a seat at the spacious interior bar or grab a stool under the shade of a new patio awning outside, the restaurant presents the perfect place to enjoy a craft cocktail, beer, or glass of wine. The best choice, however, is the margarita flight created by beverage manager Jodi Patten. Order up and you'll get a tower of four margaritas including a pineapple mango, strawberry, blood orange, and classic take.
Nothing says "happy hour" like a well-crafted martini. And nothing says well-crafted martini quite like Grille 401 on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, the stylish eatery with a buzzy bar scene and outdoor patio offering an extensive drink menu paired with New American plates.
Best Bloody Mary
Mind Your Manors
The real supersipper at Mind Your Manors is the spirulina bloody mary. It isn't backed by any scientific claims, of course, but we're guessing you're getting a good dose of essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, B-12, and bio-available iron with every sip.
Visit downtown Himmarshee Village on a Sunday and you'll get two brunches in one spot thanks to Bull Market's weekly brunch buffet for $24 per person. The restaurant tag-teams with its sister establishment, the adjoining restaurant Chow, to deliver a unique "East Vs. West" all-you-can-eat menu offering Bull Market's American-style comfort food eats alongside Chow's Asian-inspired fare.
Diner by the Sea
Everything about Diner by the Sea is retro — starting with owner Billy at the griddle slinging hash and cracking hen's fruit. Sit at the brightly colored vinyl stools at the counter or in a booth and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while you peruse the menu items — all way under ten dollars.
Bagel Snack features bagels in all the traditional New York varieties, from plain and poppy seed to sesame, rye, pumpernickel, onion, and garlic. You won't find anything as sacrilegious as jalapeño or cranberry in the big plastic bins, however. Here, they make all the bagels the old-fashioned way.
The gooey-rich flan cheesecake at Miramar Bakery is one of the most popular menu items at this family business, which has been serving South Florida for more than 30 years. Opened by Cuban-born Mario Cortes and his two brothers in the early 1980s, the original location was a simple shop with a short-order counter. In April of last year, a new generation of owners — Ryan Campbell and Alex Recio Jr., founders of Fort Lauderdale's new Colada Cuban House — took over operations, expanding the business and relocating to a new, state-of-the-art retail and wholesale facility.
The eatery is simple and to the point. It knows you've got places to go and people to see, and it doesn't want to waste your precious time. But inside the restaurant, you'll find something deserving of a stronger adjective than the simple "quality."
Best Late-Night Dining
The buns are soft and warm, the wieners have a snap to them, and you're drunk, so everything tastes great. And great things taste amazing. And that Frankie Dog you're holding tastes whatever great plus amazing equals.
Best Secret Menu
In the internet age, there's probably no such thing as a secret anymore, but the year-old GoBistro has as close to a secret menu as you can get. The sushi, wings, and avocado fries are among the best in all of Broward County, but it's the ramen that gets you through the front door.
Best Food Truck
The brainchild of Florida natives Dan Scala and Matt Kaiser, the Coral Springs-based food truck is best-known for its gourmet-style filet mignon sliders, a pair of two- to three-ounce filet steaks on fresh potato-bread buns dressed with homemade garlic aioli and topped with sautéed onions.
Best Place to Feed an Entire Baseball Team
Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill
Bokampers is the sort of place a coach might pretend to take his baseball team because he knows they love it, but in reality, it's his first choice too.
Best Juice Bar
Today, Swami operates several Florida juice bars that offer a variety of nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable juices made using a two-step, cold-press process. Choose from a number of energy shots and eight- or 16-ounce juices with names like "The Bush Doctor," "Yo Greens," "Swami-Ade," and an all-vegetable "Zeus Juice" that combines bok choy, celery, romaine lettuce, lemon, fennel, and turmeric.
Best Wine Bar
N2 Wine Bar
Wine, for all its haute elegance, is truly a pleasure best enjoyed simply. Then again, a little technology could be a good thing. N2 proves that. The walls are lined with Enomatic machines from Italy. You give your credit card to the bartender, who gives you a swipe card. At each machine, you put in your card and choose a one-, three-, or five-ounce pour from one of 64 wines, thus tasting many different wines in an evening.
Best Wine List
Cafe de Paris
Opened in 1962 by Louis Flematti, Cafe de Paris is a landmark on Las Olas. There is nothing hip or trendy here, just excellently done traditional French fare served with all the white-napkined pomp it deserves. One of the joys of being a grownup in Fort Lauderdale, however, is the café's extensive wine list.
Best High-End Restaurant With Craft Beer
3030 Ocean at Fort Lauderdale Beach offers a refreshing selection of beers to accompany its modern American seafood-oriented menu.
Best Beer Selection
Craft Beer Cartel
Opened as a sort of companion project to Riverside Market across the street, the Cartel is a mix between a homebrew shop and package store, holding hundreds of interesting bottles and a selection of to-go taps to fill growlers.
Best Cheap Craft Beer Hangout
The Mack House
The Mack House in Davie, a nanobrewery that supplies the world with Holy Mackerel but also makes its own house-only beers, still keeps the inexpensive beer night alive.
Barrel of Monks Brewing
At the forefront is a gray marbled bar top, a mirrored backsplash, and subtle but informative electronic tap lists that divulge everything about what's currently on tap and what people across social media have been saying about the beers and brewery.
Best Craft-Beer Bar
The venue, which was opened by beer enthusiasts Chris and Jordan Bellus in 2011, has been slinging an outstanding selection of beers across its bar ever since its inception, and it continues to draw the local beer crowd.
Best Brewery in Broward
From the robust English-styled Port Everglades Porter to the citrus-dominated Detour Double IPA and all styles in between, LauderAle is letting two Floridians live their dream of selling beer to an eager crowd.
Best Brewery in Palm Beach
Twisted Trunk Brewing
Open since February, the brewery cranks out numerous styles of beers, each a remarkable take on the style in which it was crafted. Seemingly every beer that has come out exalts the virtues of its style.
Best Local Brewery
Due South Brewing Co.
From signature grapefruit-tinted IPAs to the famous Caramel Cream Ale, Due South is constantly kicking out quality beers that go head-to-head with any brewery in the country.